NHL 14

Common Sense Media says

This year's fun hockey sim shows a more aggressive game.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

NHL 14 is a professional hockey simulation, allowing gamers to feel like they're playing, owning, or managing in the National Hockey League. The game encourages professionalism, adhering to rules, team play, exercise, city pride, and healthy competition.

Positive role models

The game is meant to deliver an authentic experience, therefore the players look and act like their real-life counterparts. While there might be a couple of bad apples in the bunch, most pro hockey players are good male role models.

Ease of play

NHL 14 is really easy to control, utilizing the two analog sticks primarily for movement and hits, passes, and shots on goal.

Violence

Hockey is a contact sport but all players wear protective gear and helmets. That said, there is fighting in NHL 14, just as there is in the real NHL. The game lets you exchange punches with another player in a kind of fighting minigame. The game is also more aggressive than past NHL games, allowing for heavier hits and showing them upclose.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

As with previous versions of the NHL hockey game, there are many commercial brands viewable in the rink, on the billboards, illuminated signs, and jumbotron. This includes branding for Tim Hortons, Reebok, Bauer, CCM, Vaughn, and other companies.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Serious privacy & safety concerns. Along with multiplayer matches on the same television, the game supports online play -- with full voice support -- therefore it's possible to hear profanity or other inappropriate language. There isn't anyone to monitor or filter the discussions between strangers.

 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that NHL 14 is a pro hockey simulation that has some violence -- just like the real sport -- including body checks and fistfights on the ice. The game also supports full voice support in multiplayer matches, therefore online gamers might hear swearing or other inappropriate words or phrases.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • physics

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • time management

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

NHL 14 is engaging for kids (and kids at heart) as it lets them play as or against their favorite players, sharpen their knowledge of skills on the ice, and flex their financial and organizational skills in the front office.

Learning Approach

Players learn hockey league rules and codes of conduct, as well as sharpen their dexterity and social skills. Other game modes let you decide ticket and concession stand prices, draft players, deal with injuries and more.

Support

The game has a tutorial mode and a screen that shows you the controller layout. But there isn't a lot of other help offered here. The game gives you a lot of data based on your performance but doesn't adjust for your skill level.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • momentum
  • physics

Hobbies

  • sports

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • applying information

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • time management

Collaboration

  • meeting challenges together
  • teamwork

Responsibility & Ethics

  • following codes of conduct

Kids can learn about the rules of the National Hockey League and the tactics needed for the team to win games. Along with controlling the players on the ice -- passing, deking, checking, and shooting -- the game also teaches front-office management, including budgeting, drafting, and trading players to fit a NHL team's needs. This hockey sim does a good job of introducing kids to the sport and business of professional hockey.

This Learning Rating review was written by Marc Saltzman

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Another year, another NHL hockey video game from EA Sports. As with past games in the series, NHL 14 lets you play as or against your favorite teams and players from the league, but this year adds a few new features including a more aggressive game with bigger hits (thanks to NHL Collision Physics), a fighting mechanic powered by EA Sports' Enforcer Engine (powered by Fight Night tech), one-touch dekes, and other slick moves. This year's game also introduces the "Live the Life" mode, a refreshed version of the "Be a Pro" career mode, where every decision you make on or off the ice can shape your career as a hockey star; plus there's a retro NHL 94 Anniversary mode. This PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 sports game also supports multiplayer matches over the Internet or side-by-side on the same television.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As with most annual sports games, it's tough to see a major difference every year. Unless you're a huge fan of the franchise and want the latest team rosters and new features, you might want to wait every 2 or 3 years before buying into a new NHL game to really see major changes. This year's version is it's a faster and more aggressive game and the controls have been tweaked to offer greater dexterity and movement (for example, the left stick and one button lets you easily deke opponents). While it's a great idea, the NHL 94 Anniversary mode isn't as much fun to play despite the old-school graphics, 16-bit sounds, and faster gameplay. Overall, NHL 14 isn't a bad hockey game at all -- in fact, it's fun, good looking, and has a number of solo and multiplayer modes -- but it's just not very different than last year's game, despite the marketing efforts to convince you otherwise.

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Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$59.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:EA Sports
Release date:September 10, 2013
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts, Great boy role models
ESRB rating:E10+ for Mild Violence. (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Kid, 12 years old September 24, 2013
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10
QUALITY
 

NHL 14

It is not that good, like i mean nothing compare to PES 2013, but the characters are positive role models, and it gives a good message
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 17 years old Written byray_scanten82 November 5, 2013
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QUALITY
 

Is chess all about violence?

Actually, it's not aggressive, but just more competitive. Sport games, if not played on keyboards or game pads but "active" controllers like Kinect, TrackIR etc, can sometimes turn out into a lightweight excercise. I played tons of classic DOS sport games (mostly soccer and tennis), they were not aggressive - just like table soccer or ping pong. People on Common Sense Media may be very hilarious - they may even think that chess encourages kids to be more evil, while draughts (checkers) are MORE violent than chess!!!
Parent of a 13 year old Written byThegoodReviewer November 13, 2013
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8
QUALITY
 

It really captures hockey in it´s true form!

I think it´s an awesome game for kids that like sports games. There is the possibility of fighting on the ice rink but there´s no blood or anything. The graphics have improved sinse the last NHL game! You can now tell what player he is from the face behind the mask. I recomend it for real hockey fans but if you don´t really like hockey don´t buy it! It´s not worth 50 USD unless your a real hockey lover.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Safety and privacy concerns

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